WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament Preview: Division 5
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 -- 9:23 AM
The 45th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place thisThursday-Saturday, Feb. 25-27, at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse and Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Division 5 - La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis.
#1 Black Hawk (21-0) vs. #4 Three Lakes (19-5) - 9:05 a.m.
#2 McDonell Catholic (12-3) vs. #3 Assumption (14-8) - 12:35 p.m.
Winner of Semifinals - 7:05 p.m.
ABOUT THE DIVISION 5 FIELD: With the 2020 tournament canceled with the outbreak of the COVID-19, 2019 champion Black Hawk is still the defending champion. The Warriors are bestowed the #1 seed, qualifying for the fourth year in a row, including last season, and for the seventh time overall. They also advanced to the title game in 2018 and finished runner-up. In addition, they made a string of three straight appearances from 2009-11. That run produced a runner-up finish in Division 4 in 2010. Their return to the State Tournament comes by virtue of a convincing 55-30 win over Albany in the sectional final held at Black Hawk. The Warriors are the champions of the East Division of the Six Rivers Conference this season. Second-seeded McDonell Catholic will make its first State Tournament appearance. The Macks advance to the State semifinals this season with a 72-53 victory over Prairie Farm in the sectional final held at Prairie Farm. They are the runners-up in the Western Division of the Cloverbelt Conference this season. Prior to joining the WIAA, the Macks most notable finish as a member of WISAA was a runner-up finish in Division 2 in 2000. Third-seeded Assumption will make its sixth appearance in the State Tournament and its first since a run of four consecutive appearances resulted in a State championship in 2016. The Royals also won the title in 2013 and finished runner-up in 2014 and 2015. This season, they finished in a three-way tie for first place in the South Division of the Marawood Conference. Their return to the semifinals resulted from a 65-44 win over Wauzeka-Steuben in the sectional final hosted by Wauzeka-Steuben. Three Lakes is the #4 seed in the bracket. The Bluejays qualify for the first time since their only other appearance in 1999, which resulted in a loss in the Division 4 semifinals. They finished third in the Northern Lakes Conference this season, and they are their sectional’s representative with a 73-30 win over Athens in the final played at Three Lakes.
STATE TOURNAMENT ON THE AIR: The State Tournament will be televised live in our area on WAOW-TV in Wausau, WXOW-TV in La Crosse, and WQOW-TV in Eau Claire. The championships will also be streamed on the statewide network station websites. Also, download the Magic of March app for live streaming video, scores, highlights and more about the WIAA State basketball tournaments. Live coverage of the tournaments on iOS or Android phones and tablets are also available on the app.
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